Graduate Admissions Post Master’s Certificate

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Post-master’s certificates are offered to enable nurses who hold master’s degrees in nursing to gain the knowledge and competencies needed for certification in additional areas.  Students enroll in specialty coursework that is part of the master’s degree program.  Completion of the post-master’s option enables students to take the certification examination for the appropriate area of specialty. Core courses required for students in their original Master’s degree nursing program will be evaluated for equivalency to the required post-master’s certificate courses.

Advanced Practice Nursing Specialties

The purpose of the post-master’s certificate acute care nurse practitioner program is to enable registered nurses who hold a master degree in another nursing specialty area, adult-gero nurse practitioner primary care and family nurse practitioner, to gain the knowledge and skills required for certification as an acute care adult-gerontology nurse practitioner. Core courses required for students in their original master degree nursing program will be evaluated for equivalency to the required post-master’s certificate courses. Past education and experience will be evaluated to determine which required core courses may be waived because of equivalency with GSU courses. Completion of the certificate program will enable the certificate holder to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s examination for adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Learn More
The program emphasizes excellence in practice, research, critical thinking, inquiry, and leadership. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 semester hours of study. Full-time and part-time study may be selected, and the program may be combined with a graduate certificate in gerontology. Each student’s program of study will be planned at the time of admission. Students will be advised of any curricular changes at that time.  Learn More
The Child Health PNP option focuses in the preparation of clinical experts with advanced competencies and emphasizes excellence in practice, critical thinking, inquiry, leadership, self-awareness and empowerment. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 semester hours of study. Full-time and part-time study may be selected. Each student’s program of study will be planned at the time of admission. Students will be advised of any curricular changes at that time. Learn More
This option focuses in the preparation of clinical experts with advanced competencies and emphasizes excellence in practice, critical thinking, inquiry, leadership, self-awareness and empowerment. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 semester hours of study. Full-time and part-time study may be selected. Each student’s program of study will be planned at the time of admission. Students will be advised of any curricular changes at that time.  Learn More
The purpose of the post master’s certificate program is designed to enable nurses who hold a master’s degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care or a Family Nurse Practitioner to gain the knowledge and competencies needed for certification as a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  Core courses required for students in their original master’s degree nursing program will be evaluated for equivalency to the required post-master’s certificate courses. Past education and experience will be evaluated to determine which required core courses may be waived because of equivalency with GSU courses. Completion of the program will enable the certificate holder to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board’s examination for pediatric acute care nurse practitioner. Learn More
This program focuses on the preparation of clinical experts with advanced psychiatric mental health nursing competencies and emphasizes excellence in practice, critical thinking, inquiry, leadership, self-awareness, and empowerment. The curriculum consists of 48 semester hours of study. Full-time and part-time study may be selected. Each student’s program of study will be planned at the time of admission. Learn More

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Requirements by Specialization Apply The length time to complete the certificate varies but generally takes one to two years.

Program Costs

Awarding the Certificate

Upon the completion of courses and regulations for the certificate programs, the students may request through the Graduate Nursing Admissions Coordinator in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Office of Academic Assistance to have the certificate awarded. The Graduate Nursing Admissions Coordinator will verify that all requirements have been met and will notify the University’s Registrar’s Office so that the certificate can be notated on the student’s transcript.

Application Deadlines